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  1. Hi! I am looking to acquire my first Graf Von Faber Castell pen and I have come across this pen at a reasonable price. However, I am not sure of which model it is or the kind of era/year it would be from. I wondered if anyone on here could help enlighten me please? It appears to me to be the “Classic” model although the grip section appears different to any other Classics I have seen online? No idea on year. Any guide/insight would be much appreciated please. Photos are not mine. Thanks 😊
  2. First my request, then some background. I am asking you please to post, for each vintage Aurora 88 / 88K / 88P that you own, - the model and the serial number - if it is an unserialised 88P, please state that. - if you have documentary evidence of it, the year of manufacture / sale (not a seller's opinion please). Background I have collected quite a few models and serials from FPN, fleabay and my own few pens, and have compared this with the information in the Aurora 88 Dynasty and other threads. Now, I am seeking more data to improve upon it. I have concluded from looking at existing pens that the serial number offers a useable source for dating the pens. It appears that they were applied as would be expected to each successive pen, regardless of model. The lowest serial I have found to date is under 47000, so we know that they did not kick off the process somewhere in the hundred thousands. From the Dynasty thread, one would expect to see 88 and 88K serials intermingled for the period 1951 to 1953, and this happens. One would also expect from that source to see no overlap between the 88K and 88P and so far this too is the case. However, based on total production information in the Dynasty, taking that as cumulative, one would expect a serial in the 2.5 M range to appear only on an 88K, but it appears on an 88 which ceased production in 1953. That implies that either fewer 88P were later produced to stay within 3.8 M total, or else more than 3.8 M were later produced if the inferred 1.3 M 88P were made. An alternative that practically no 88K were produced during 1954-57 seems unlikely! However, no 88P so far has a serial as high as 3.3 M, far from 3.8 M. Casual reading also suggests there are more unserialised 88P around than the small number expected (I have one myself). This may account for the gap, if serialising ceased around 1961. For these reasons I am asking for the above data to try to fill in some gaps. I am already close to having a fairly good translation from serial to year, to counter optimistic sellers and simply for one's own entertainment. To do this I am obliged to make an assumption about non-linear production patterns in which production for each model ramps up quickly in year 0-1, plateaus around 2-4 years and declines in years 5-7. These mild curves are assumed but appear to give better results on known data than assuming flat production rates. edit:minor and formatting
  3. Hello Everyone, I've been a fan of the first-year Hundred Year Pen for many years, and finally obtained my "grail pen," one in jet black, and restored it last year. I have also held in my hands a transparent red version, and a green version, but never a blue. I have a couple questions for the many who are more experienced than I... 1. Do full-length transparent blue 1939 HYPs exist? Has anyone seen one or owns one (photos?) 2. I specify "full-length" above, because I have seen on several occasions a first-year HYP in jet with transparent blue ENDS -- the tip of the cap under the over-the-top clip, and the rounded end of the barrel. Was this just a variation that was made, and only in blue? I have never seen a corresponding version in red or green. Again, invitations to show off your own specimens are definitely implied. : ) Matt Here is mine, next to the stationery (I believe from Richard Binder's site originally) with which a friend still writes to me, and that first inspired my desire for the pen...
  4. Graf Von Faber Castell Pen of the Year 2017 (Vikings) PVD Edition The version with a tough anthracite-coloured PVD coating has a particularly masculine appeal. Matt-grey smoked oak – the preferred wood for building the Viking ships – stands in exciting contrast to the gleaming metal parts of fountain pen and roller-ball pen, which change their appearance with every movement. A grey shimmering smoky quartz adorns the cap of all writing implements of this edition. Each of these writing implements is presented in a brightly polished black wooden case. A certificate bearing the signature of Count Charles von Faber-Castell confirms that this is a limited edition The name Graf von Faber-Castell is engraved in the end piece in runes Individually numbered writing instruments Exclusive, brightly polished black wooden box with an attractive brochure and the certificate of authenticity An additional insert offers space for six more writing instruments Limited to 500 pieces (230 PVD) For inquiries email us at orders@airlineintl.com or call (915) 778-1234
  5. Dear All, I came across this pen today and was wondering if anyone had any information about it. I searched FPN as usual, and at most, I could only find that it was likely to have been made by Omas, though I am uncertain. And if anyone is more familiar and can tell me about authenticity cues or if the pen is fake, please do let me know. Here's a link to the flyer: https://www.stylo.ca/images/produits/pdf/en_20136.pdf Here's the actual pen that I am looking at: I'm uncertain how much the price of this pen is on the market. The flyer says 3360 CHF, which if it is Swiss Francs, would be $3342 USD.
  6. Graf Von Faber-Castell Pen of the Year 2017 Admired as daring masters of wind and wave, feared as ruthless invaders and valued as merchants, the Vikings set up a trading network that span across continents. The revolutionary construction of the Viking longboats, the mystic force of the runes and the curly birch as one of the characteristic trees of the Nordic world inspired us in designing the Pen of the Year 2017. Both editions come with an 18-carat gold nib that is run in by hand. An end-cap protects the rotary knob of the plunger mechanism of the plunger-type fountain pen. rchants, the Vikings set up a trading network that span across continents. The revolutionary construction of the Viking longboats, the mystic force of the runes and the curly birch as one of the characteristic trees of the Nordic world inspired us in designing the Pen of the Year 2017. Both editions come with an 18-carat gold nib that is run in by hand. An end-cap protects the rotary knob of the plunger mechanism of the plunger-type fountain pen. Platinum-plated barrel adorned by five slivers of ‘curly’ birch, inserted with great precisionThe name Graf von Faber-Castell is engraved in the end piece in runesIndividually numbered writing instruments18-carat bicolour gold nib, inscribed by handAvailable in the nib widths M, F, B, and BBThe carnelian let into the cap glows an intense redExclusive, brightly polished black wooden box with an attractive brochure and the certificate of authenticityAn additional insert offers space for six more writing instrumentsLimited to 500 pieces We currently have two available ready for immediate shipment. Both with Medium nib. Retail price does not include shipping cost, please message orders@airlineintl.com for shipping calculation. Retail: $3,600 Platinum-Plated Fountain Pen
  7. Hi, I'm trying to date this parker duofold, Can't find any material on the nib code which helps me to do this. Any help would be much appreciated. Also, i'd like to know how to read the number&dot code on the nibs of some old parkers. Nib has standard markings (parker, 14CT made in england) and at the base has: 15 4 . . . Many thanks! http://i.imgur.com/B3VbvTGl.jpg http://i.imgur.com/P1m2Crnl.jpg http://i.imgur.com/nj0kadol.jpg
  8. PensMakeMemories

    Looking For Some History

    This is a first post, story, and request for assistance all in one. To begin I would like to say hi to all in this wonderful community. I have followed for a while and just made an account to share this story and ask for help. I have used nothing but fountain pens for writing for almost three years now (ever since I started college), and can't imagine going back to anything else. Though up to this point I have owned only modern pens, including a Waterman's Harmonie, a TWSBI 540, and, my favorite, a full sized Sailor 1911. This is where the story begins. My grandfather has recently passed away, and in the process of cleaning his hoarder like house a multitude of fountain pens were discovered. Most of my family members disregarded them, thinking they were junk and a product of the past, but my dad, knowing that I used fountain pens asked if I would want them. I said absolutely, even if they are broken and junk I am sure I can piece parts together to make a functioning pen I can remember my grandfather by. To my surprise, many of them are in great shape, minus the fact that almost all of them were left with ink in them (I will have a lot of pens to go through and clean in the next couple of weeks, as I only took on one project set for this week as I have finals to be studying for). The functioning lot included a couple Esterbrook J's, two Esterbrook dollar pens, numerous Wearever pens (many of which I passed around to my cousins to have as a keepsake), although one I made sure to hold on to as it has a 14k gold nib, which struck me as odd as I believed most Wearever's were pretty inexpensive, one pen/mechanical pencil set that I believed was labeled Parkette (although I can't quite remember), one Conkiln, which had a filling system I have never seen before and also had a 14K mark on the nib, and a handful of others that I don't even remember. Many of these I will have to do research on and will ask questions about in the future, but there was one set that I immediately fell in love with and brought back with me to campus (the rest I sent home with my dad). It is a Sheaffer Sentinel Deluxe-TM Ensemble. I know so because I was lucky enough to find the pen and mechanical pencil set in the case with the cardboard box on it. I knew that this must have been a set he received as a gift, but I wanted to know why he received such a nice pen set; so I started doing research. After doing some internet searching, I believe it is a Touchdown thin-model (TM is on the box) and think it must be from 1950, as that would have been when he graduated high-school, and the information I have found says they were in production from 1950-52, but I noticed one thing that didn't seem to match. The nib does not have the 14K gold plate on the top half. This is when I ask for help. Can someone tell me when this pen was produced so I can figure out why my grandfather was gifted such a nice pen set? The only other details about the pen that I can think of is the the nib says SHEAFFER'S, and then something so tiny I can't read it, and then, MADE IN U.S.A, and the barrel of the pen says W.A. SHEAFFER PEN CO., FORT MADISON, IOWA, U.S.A., MADE IN U.S.A. Thank you for your time and help, PensMakeMemories

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